FEMA extends deadline to apply for Hurricane Ian disaster assistance

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you suffered damage from Hurricane Ian, you now have extra time to apply for federal disaster assistance.

FEMA extended the application deadline to Jan. 12, 2023, for people who experienced damage in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties.


You can apply for assistance in person, online, by phone or mobile app.

There are multiple Disaster Recovery Centers operating throughout the impacted area. To find a center close to you, go online to DRC Locator on floridadisaster.org, or text “DRC” along with your ZIP code to 43362.

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To apply, you can also go online to disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Help is available in most languages.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.